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"In my love of Toronto I’ve occasionally yearned for maps that depict our unique neighbourhoods — both to celebrate them and note their boundaries — but have been unable to find such a thing. Now that I'm in graphic design school, I decided to try crafting such maps myself. The result is austere designs meant to celebrate our neighbourhoods as distinct from their surroundings, like tiny cities unto themselves. Oriented to our streets’ grid rather than what is technically north, these maps are meant to represent our neighbourhoods simply, as we instinctively think of them in quotidian navigation."
Alexander Arvelo McQuaig is a Toronto-based graphic designer. His neighbourhood maps are a bold, attractive representation of the area's streets, laneways, and parks.
Maps are 12"x12" or 18"x12", depending on format, and are usually shipped flat with cardboard.